Special Report

This is the County in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

The ongoing vaccination effort is allowing life in the United States to return to some degree of normalcy after COVID-19 wreaked havoc for well over a year. So far, the virus has claimed 594,496 American lives — more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.

In the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area, which covers parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, a total of 4,615 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 130 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 182 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.

Though deaths attributable to the virus are less common across the metro area than they are nationwide, this is not the case in some parts of the city.

The broader Minneapolis metro area comprises 16 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Mille Lacs County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Mille Lacs County stands at 210 for every 100,000 people.

Though it has the highest per capita death rate in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metro area, Mille Lacs County ranks among the middle 50% of all U.S. counties or county equivalents with at least one COVID-19 fatality by death rate per capita.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 14, 2021.

These are all the counties in Minnesota where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

Rank Geography Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths Confirmed cases per 100,000 people Total confirmed cases
1 Mille Lacs County, MN 209.9 54 12,107 3,115
2 Ramsey County, MN 165.1 894 9,681 52,421
3 Isanti County, MN 164.2 64 11,277 4,395
4 Hennepin County, MN 143.2 1,769 10,096 124,736
5 Anoka County, MN 131.5 457 12,284 42,679
6 Washington County, MN 114.5 290 10,810 27,383
7 Dakota County, MN 111.7 467 11,181 46,758
8 Wright County, MN 111.5 148 12,354 16,399
9 Pierce County, WI 103.4 43 11,990 4,988
10 Sherburne County, MN 100.8 94 12,856 11,986
11 Chisago County, MN 95.0 52 11,302 6,185
12 Scott County, MN 92.8 133 12,229 17,533
13 Le Sueur County, MN 89.3 25 10,614 2,970
14 St. Croix County, WI 76.2 67 11,145 9,798
15 Sibley County, MN 67.1 10 9,844 1,468
16 Carver County, MN 47.8 48 10,612 10,656